Program Award Winner: Jennifer Mischel

Each year, faculty in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) come together to select an outstanding student in their program to receive the honor of being named as their program award winner. Students selected for this award embody the very best of their program: they excel in their studies; they demonstrate leadership in classes and internships; and they have a genuine and tenacious passion for their discipline.

This year, faculty in the PhD in Education program have selected Jennifer Mischel for their Outstanding Dissertation Award. Congratulations, Jenny!


Q & A with Outstanding Dissertation Award winner, Jenny Mischel:

What academic accomplishment are most proud of?  

I’m most proud of winning 3rd place in the 3MT competition at George Mason University in 2019. 

What organizations/affiliations have you been involved with while at Mason?  

American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Psychological Science (APS), American Educational Research Association (AERA), International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA), Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD),Claire Ellen Weinstein Mentorship Program, Golden Key Honor Society, Payton’s Project 

What are your plans after graduation? 

I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington and Lee University and I hope to continue a career in academia while continuing to research perspectives of bullying/cyberbullying behavior.  

What is your favorite memory in CEHD or your favorite part of being a CEHD student?  

The friendships I developed with those within my cohort, and professors in the College of Education and Human Development, made all the difference. Not only did they provide much needed encouragement throughout the doctoral process, but I made life-long friends that I feel I can reach out to for both emotional and academic support. In addition, I had an amazing advisor and dissertation chair, Dr. Anastasia Kitsantas who, in addition to providing on-going support throughout the entire process, reminded me to write every day.  

What advice do you have for fellow CEHD students (especially those that are not graduating yet)?   

At our introductory doctoral meeting, one of the professors within our program (Dr. Peters-Burton) shared with us to, “Keep your eye on the nugget.” It was a phrase I have said to myself many times and now share with others.  

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?  

You can do anything you set your mind to.